The Gallery: Expressions

This Gallery theme is a tough one for someone who doesn’t post pictures of recognisable people. Because you have to show faces to show expressions. Would I be able to take part this week?

Then I remembered this photo of my daughter as a baby (I would have similar ones of the boys too). The smile is so big, her face looks like it is going to burst with happiness.

My baby niece is smiling like this now and my daughter, all grown up at 7, is fascinated. Why do babies smile like that? Why don’t they smile like ‘normal people’? How do you explain it?

That a baby is a blank canvas and feelings, emotions and expressions are so new. What a baby feels, she or he expresses it 100%. The joy, the happiness, the sadness, whatever emotion they feel, they express it with their whole body.

If a baby sees something that makes her happy, her whole face lights up. The smile takes over the face and the happiness envelops her whole being. It is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.

Having learned this about babies, my daughter now thinks SHE has to smile like this on every photo we take of her. What’s cute on a baby and the most natural thing in the world looks rather strange on a little girl in year 2 desperately trying to recapture her lost youth!

Linking this post with The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers. Hop over to see how more people have interpreted the theme ‘expressions’.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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19 Comments

  1. That’s sooooo cute!! I know what you mean, I rarely post people pics so this week was hard for me till I had a brain wave (maybe not the smartest :)). But you have a gorgeous photo there!

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  2. What a gorgeous picture! A real, ‘no holding back’ smile! I remember smiles like that always made things feel better 🙂

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  3. What a lovely picture and post 🙂

    I’m glad you said you don’t post pics of people as I’m the same and it’s good to know I’m not the only one!

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  4. Beautiful picture. When my year 2 child smiles for a photograph she looks like she’s bearing her teeth.

    Herding Cats

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  5. Thanks very much, everyone, it is such a cute picture, isn’t it?
    Tas and MG, glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t post people pics. I know it would make my blog look more beautiful, but I have to put my kids first! They are getting to a difficult age and I don’t want them to be identified by ‘friends’.
    Nicola – bet the baring teeth is really cute!

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  6. Wow, that is one of the happiest smiles that I’ve ever seen! Gorgeous photo! x

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  7. Thanks very much, everyone, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s amazing out of all the photos I’ve taken since having the kids, I thought of this one instantly. That beautiful smile really stuck in my head. Incredibly she looks identical to how her baby cousin looks now 🙂

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  8. The perfect baby smile and so sweet that your daughter wants to mirror it – bet she sees the same magic! Xx

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  9. Thanks very much, ladies 🙂 Think my daughter appreciates how much people adore babies, so she probably wants a piece of the action!

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